Thursday, 23 July 2015

Place of Thoughts, Bramber Steps and Resonance

Place of Thoughts :- Dusk on the beach below the cliffs by Saltdean Village on the Sussex coast. The tide was yet to return and for an albeit brief moment in time everything was quiet and still. I stood as motionless as was possible and breathed in the air that tasted of salt and seaweed. The only thing that wandered was my mind as it took advabntage of the peaceful surroundings and reflected on things.

Bramber Steps :- These are some of the remains of what was once Bramber Castle in West Sussex. The castle was founded by William de Braose in 1075 and it was held almost continually by the de Braose family up until 1450. In the early 13th Century another family member named William de Braose was suspected of being disloyal to King John. The King confiscated the castle and then (rather gruesomely) imprisoned Lady de Braose and her two sons in Windsor Castle and starved them all to death. The remains that you see in this image are to the east of the central Motte and were part of a 13th or 14th century domestic building. It's odd to stand and look at that small flight of steps and ponder on all those who have walked up and down them before. Maybe King John himself.

Resonance :- It is said that approximately 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered with water. That sounds like a lot but then you discover that only 2.5 percent of it is fresh water and that only 1 percent of that freshwater is easily accessible to us. Makes you wonder how anything on this planet survives when you actually stop to take that all in. But stats can sometimes mislead and confuse. Apparently the adult human body is approximately 57% water but I don't hear myself sloshing around when I walk or run! This shot and image was taken from Brighton beach on the Sussex south coast. The vast body of water you see is the English Channel.

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